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HOW WOMEN'S SUCCESS PROSPECTS HAVE BEEN MUFFLED BY MEN

Women have over centuries struggled to free themselves against Male dominance. However, men have always stood in the way of their achievements. In his play, A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen looks at how women have always been downplayed by the male dominated society. Interestingly, women on the other hand have been the leading advocates on their men's success. 

Nora is a vibrant bubbly woman with the heart of a child. She is the manager of the house and ensures that the children are kept busy so as not to disturb Helmer while he is working. Furthermore, she entertains Helmer's guests until when it is appropriate for them to get into Helmer's office. Although she does all this, she does not receive appreciation from Helmer or an adult talk that would open her vistas to new opportunities. instead, she is treated like a child. Helmer only finds time to pamper and toy with her like one would a child. 

Furthermore, instead of being led into adult discussions, the adults around he…
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HOW MONEY DRIVES THE CONFLICT IN A DOLL'S HOUSE- A PLAY BY HENRIK IBSEN

Money can be many things. It is one of the reasons as to why this most loved commodity has become a human being's obsession. Henrik Ibsen, in A Doll's House looks at how money has enslaved human being and in some occasions made them behave insane or docile depending on individual's disposition.

In A Doll's House, Nora seems to be in need of endless supply of money to make the cogs of her house go by. Being a Christmas season, Nora wants the festivities to be flawless and that is why she goes overboard with her shopping. Helmer asks her whether she has been overspending and her answer is, this was their first Christmas that they needed not to worry about money after Helmer's big promotion (pg2). In this respect, Helmer is skeptical about Nora's grasp on basic financing. According to Helmer, they should have waited until the new appointment had come into effect before overspending. However, Nora is of the opinion that it should be sooner rather than later.

When …

NEGATIVE CULTURAL PRACTICES AMONG THE PEOPLE OF NASILA IN BLOSSOMS OF THE SAVANNAH

The book Blossoms of the Savannah explores both the positive and negative cultural practices. H. R Kulet describes intimately those cultural practices he believes are best and on the other hand, lets us in on some of the cultural practices he believe were injurious. Interestingly, the negative cultural practices are aimed at women.

The most poignant cultural practice that negatively affects women is Female genital mutilation. Although according to Parmuat, the practice was started by women to resist the evil Ilarinkoi, it continued to cause wanton pain and torture on women. Taiyo and Resian are determined to fight it. Resian manages to evade the brutal practice however Taiyo barely makes it having been forcibly cut. FGM is a global menace affecting millions of women in Africa and Asia. Although its benefits are only anthropological, its effects are very damning and could lead to death. 

Second among the negative Nasilian culture is early marriage. Resian still has goals to fulfil Howev…

CHAUVINISM AND CHIVALRY IN A DOLL'S HOUSE- A PLAY BY HENRIK IBSEN

Torvald Helmer's affections towards his wife can be confused as genuine love. However, hidden deep within the feelings of love is a classical male chauvinist. 

The play, A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen presents various characters with different perceptions of what is expected of in society. Such characters have deeply embedded moral standing that determines how they relate with other members of the society and how they conduct themselves as society men. Among such characters is Torvald Helmer. In order to fit into a modern self-righteous society, Helmer displays impeccable civility and mannerisms that reward him as a bank manager.

In order to keep certain respectability around him, Helmer decides to cut off any unsavory characters around him. Krogstad becomes the unfortunate victim of Helmer's plan. However, Krogstad cannot go down without a fight. Apparently, Krogstad, as it happens, had connived with Helmer's wife, Norah in a ploy that could destroy Helmer's outst…

WHAT BEING A FREE WOMAN MEANS: ILLUSTRATIONS DRAWN FROM A DOLL'S HOUSE- A PLAY BY HENRIK IBSEN

Norah represents women who accept society's bias against until it intrudes on their independence. These women may look docile and accommodating, however, when they choose to react, they do not bow down to apologies and mere promises. Their only goal is to reinvent themselves before entering again into normal life.

There was a post on Facebook the other day advising women who cannot submit not to try marriage. The author of the post expressed outrightly that marriage was a subordination institution and those who thought that equality existed in such institutions were just dreaming. I paraphrase of course.

This post got me thinking and using my photographic mind a wandered through the successful marriages I had seen and the not-so-successful ones trying to authenticate this hypothesis. Although I tried to justify this statement, most of my study subjects were in the fifties and sixties or even older. At this age, many of these so-called successful marriages were built on the tenets…

POLYGAMY IN BLOSSOMS OF THE SAVANNAH

Blossoms of the Savannah is a book by H. R Ole Kulet. The writer does seem to be at home with polygamy and that is why he beautifully models Simiren's home as a home of prosperity and love.

Polygamy is a common practice in Africa, especially among the political elite. Traditionally though it was the norm for a man to have more than one wife. However, with the advent of Christianity, society has adopted a monogamous way of life. Though on paper, and in keeping up with teachings of the Bible, many seem to have adopted monogamy, the practice of many wives is still prevalent. Some call them mistresses while in Kenya, we have MWK (Mpango wa Kando.) By extensions, we have newer models of 'slay queens' who may be in the category of the traditional class of concubines. With the growth of such 'out of the norm' institutions of marriage, one may hope that literature on polygamy will try to model it on the side of the disadvantaged cultural practices. Ole Kulet, however, fee…

HOW BIBLICAL ALLUSION HAS BEEN EMPLOYED BY H.R KULET IN BLOSSOMS OF THE SAVANNAH

Biblical Allusion involves the use of direct references from the Bible either by borrowing a story, a character, event among others within the context of a larger story. In this case, we are going to interrogate how H. R Kulet has employed this style in Blossoms of the Savannah. I should point out in the outset that, Kulet borrows heavily from the Bible than we care to see and understand while reading the book.

To begin with, Resian compares her tribulations in the hands of Olarinkoi and his mother to the trials and testing of Job of the Bible (pg230). This allusion helps to build hope in Resian that no matter what the circumstances, she would prevail. Also, it opens her mind to more brutal suffering that she herself could not handle. 
Secondly, when Olarinkoi pays her a visit after her recovery, Resian knows that she is on the verge of the eleventh hour. While waiting for Nabaru, her only hope out of her hell in Inkiito, she experiences helplessness that only comes with the wait tha…